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When Food Reveals Etymology: Photography and Cephalopods

Once, in Northern Italy, I ordered a dish with black pasta that gets its color from cuttlefish ink.

This pasta was referred to as ‘nero de sepia.’

At once it became clear that sepia is a cuttlefish.
And to my amusement I realized that the washed out brown color, sepia was undoubtedly derived from the color of cuttlefish ink.

How many people working with photographs know that they’re talking about a cephalopod?

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